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For many adults, “work” means sitting at a desk from 9-5 in business casual attire, settling for weak, break-room coffee, and dreading meetings with their boss. But for Spencer County resident Julie Basham, work means jean shorts, smiling customers and answering to no one but the poodle she’s primping.
Groomingdales Pet Salon, located at 34 Commerce Drive, opened in 2010 and has been a hot spot for Taylorsville animals ever since.
At the salon, four-legged clients are washed, brushed, trimmed and clipped by Basham, whose philosophy of “giving a good product for a reasonable price” has brought in customers as loyal and pleased as their dogs.
“I’ve made some really good friends,” said Basham, who didn’t expect to have such a loving clientele when she opened the salon. “You really get to know people who trust you and build a good relationship with them.”
As someone who grew up loving all kinds of animals, Basham’s position is a dream come true.
“You have to like what you do,” she said. “If you like it, it shows through.”
However, her work isn’t always a walk in the park.
“It’s not easy, owning your own business,” said Basham, who currently has only one coworker. “You’ve got to have the patience.”
According to Basham, there are downfalls to owning a business like Groomingdales: not getting a vacation, closing shop, or the angry barking of a reluctant mutt. But despite the trials of life as a groomer, “it’s still so much better [than before].”
Before graduating Nash Academy — a premier grooming school in Lexington — in 2005, Basham was a businesswoman, working for different insurance agencies and corporations. After hearing Sugarland’s lyrics, “There’s gotta be something more,” on the radio, however, Basham told her boss to lay her off.
“I’m more of a people person,” said Basham, who was bored by the impersonal and disconnected aspect of her role in the business world. “I wanted to do something with animals instead of sitting at a desk.”
After moving to Taylorsville and grooming at the Elk Creek Animal Hospital, Basham took her skill and passion and opened Groomingdales with top-notch training under her belt.
“It’s tough, but you have to hang with it and persevere.”
For someone wanting to quit their day job and pursue their true interests, whatever they may be, consider the simple advice that inspired Basham: “Do something you love.”